Sox still have a shot at their worst record in 47 years

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Sox still have a shot at their worst record in 47 years

A few weeks back, I wrote a post about the Red Sox' furious push to avoid finishing this season with the worst record of any Sox team in nearly 50 years.

And, it's time for an update.

When we last left Bobby's Boys, they had 24 games left, and 63 wins to their name. That was one better than 1965 Sox who finished with 62.

A year later, Boston finished with 72 wins, and in the 46 years since, no Sox team has eclipsed that level of ineptitude with Butch Hobson's '92 squad and their 73 wins coming the closest. That brings us back to 2012, and the race that's sure to captivate a nation (or much more likely, be forgotten the moment you're done reading this post).

As of today, the Sox stand (actually, let's call it "sit") at 67-81. That leaves them seven short of the '92 team, which means . . . scrambling for a calculator . . . that Boston needs seven wins over their last 14 games to avoid stamping an unenviable place in Red Sox history. That's .500 ball. Can they do it?

That I'm even asking the question is a sure sign of just how pathetic things have become.

That they're most likely going to fall short? A much surer sign.

Listen, the Sox would have trouble winning seven of 14 games against the Royals, Astros and Birmingham Barons. In reality, they're up against the Rays, Orioles and Yankees. That's three teams in the heat of a playoff race with records that are a combined 48 games over .500.

On one hand, maybe the idea of playing spoiler can light a fire under Boston's ass. But when you consider that a few months ago, the idea of winning a World Series wasn't enough to get these guys going and that they're currently trotting out the "weakest September roster in baseball history," something tells me that Hobson, Bob Zupcic, Luis Rivera and the rest of the '92 Sox might want to put some champagne on ice.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Former major leaguer Andy Marte, a one-time top prospect in the Red Sox organization, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33.

Marte was killed the same day that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Ventura was 25. Coincidentally, Ventura was the Royals starting pitcher in Marte's final major league game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.

Marte, drafted by the Braves in 2000, was ranked the No. 9 prospect in baseball in 2005 when the third baseman was traded to the Red Sox as part of the deal that sent shortstop Edgar Renteria to Atlanta and Marte became the top-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization.  

Marte was traded by the Red Sox to the Indians in 2006 in the deal that sent Coco Crisp to Boston and spent five seasons with Cleveland. His best season was 2009 (.232, six home runs, 25 RBI in 47 games). After a six-game stint with Arizona in 2014, he played in South Korea the past two years.  

Metropolitan traffic authorities in the Dominican told the Associated Press that Marte died when a car he was driving his a house along the highway between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.
 

Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car crash in in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. Ventura was 25 years old.

Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo told the Associated Press that Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Santo Domingo. He says it's not clear if Ventura was driving.

Ventura was killed the same day former major leaguer Andy Marte died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Coincidentally, Ventura was the starting pitcher in Marte's final MLB game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014. 

Ventura was 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA for the Royals' 2015 World Series champions and 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA in 32 starts in 2016. The right-hander made his major league debut in 2013 and in 2014 went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA for Kansas City's A.L. pennant winners. 

Ironically, Ventura paid tribute to his good friend and fellow Dominican, Oscar Tavares, who was also killed in a car crash in the D.R. in October 2014, by wearing Tavares' initials and R.I.P. on his cap before Ventura's start in Game 6 of the World Series in 2014. 

Ventura is the second current major league player to die in the past five months. Former Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in Miami on Sept. 25.